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University of Adelaide

Wander the halls, gardens and boulevards of one of Australia’s oldest universities and find plenty of fascinating stories on your educational visit.

Explore the University of Adelaide and its main campus, which contains many of Adelaide’s most beloved historic buildings. Stretching from North Terrace up to the River Torrens, the spacious university grounds are an interesting place to visit for historical landmarks and the buzz of the institution’s research and learning.

The University of Adelaide is among the prestigious universities in Australia known as the “sandstone universities”, owing to the institutions’ long establishment and classic architecture.

Take a tour of the heritage buildings of the university at your own pace, with the help of the self-guided tour brochure. These can be obtained online or at the head office. Stroll along wide paths that lead through gardens of native flowers between stately castle-like buildings. The Barr Smith Library’s neoclassical architecture features red brick, tall columns and large windows, and has a serene reading room inside. Students gather to study and sunbathe on the adjacent lawns. The gothic Elder Hall resembles a cathedral and hosts over 40 concerts a year, including regular lunchtime shows on Fridays. Look for the archways of the University Cloisters crossing the lawns or check out the historic Mitchell Building and Bonython Hall.

Learn about the institution, which was established in 1874. The University of Adelaide was a pioneering institution in the fledgling Australian nation. It was the first university in Australia to grant science degrees and admit female students. It has produced many notable graduates, including Howard Florey, who is known for developing penicillin as a medicine.

Find bars and cafés with affordably priced menus scattered throughout the University of Adelaide. Car parks, bus stops and bicycle racks are conveniently placed throughout the campus. You can go online and download a map ahead of your visit. The Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the National War Memorial (South Australia) and the State Library are all clustered here, too.


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iStay Precinct Adelaide $82
iStay Precinct Adelaide

iStay Precinct Adelaide

185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide Central Market, and Victoria Square. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is 8 minutes by foot and Adelaide Station is 12 minutes.

    InterContinental Adelaide $89
    InterContinental Adelaide

    InterContinental Adelaide

    North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Adelaide Casino, Parliament House, and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Festival Centre and Government House are also within 5 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 8 minutes.

      Mayfair Hotel $96
      Mayfair Hotel

      Mayfair Hotel

      45 King William Street, Adelaide, SA
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino. Victoria Square and Adelaide Convention Centre are also within 10 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station and Adelaide Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites $75
        Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites

        Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites

        104 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Casino. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Oval are also within 15 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 3-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 10 minutes.

          ibis Adelaide $58
          ibis Adelaide

          ibis Adelaide

          122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rundle Mall, University of Adelaide, and Victoria Square. Adelaide Casino and Adelaide Botanic Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is 7 minutes by foot and Adelaide Station is 11 minutes.

            Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide $64
            Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

            Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

            65 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Casino, Rundle Mall, and Adelaide Convention Centre. Adelaide Oval and Victoria Square are also within 15 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 3-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 6 minutes.

              Majestic Roof Garden Hotel $94
              Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

              Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

              55 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of East End Cafe Precinct and University of Adelaide. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Botanic Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Pirie Street Tram Station is 13 minutes by foot and Adelaide Station is 14 minutes.

                Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites $88
                Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites

                Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites

                96 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Lion Arts Centre and Adelaide Convention Centre. Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino are also within 10 minutes. Adelaide Station is only a 4-minute walk and Pirie Street Tram Station is 10 minutes.